When visiting New Orleans, it's important to keep a mask or face covering handy in case you wish to enter a business requiring one. Wearing a mask isn’t too foreign to our celebratory culture, but if you’re lacking the appropriate gear, there’s no shortage of options for purchasing a face mask in New Orleans. Perhaps you’d like to rep your favorite hot sauce or spice things up with some fringe. Many places are selling non-medical grade masks these days, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top favorites. Here’s a few of our favorite funky (and practical) masks from local businesses.
Fringe + Co.
Sequins, fringe and vibrant prints galore – Fringe + Co. has everything from practical to eccentric one-of-a-kind masks suitable for both children and adults. The pictures speak for themselves.
For Louisiana pride, check out Dirty Coast’s masks that feature the state seal and unofficial state food (crawfish). For custom masks, check out Dirty Coasts’ latest launch, repeatmasks.com, where on demand designs and custom prints for local businesses can be made.
For designer face masks as well as sustainable and biodegradable options, check out local boutique Hemline.
This New Orleans-based company empowers people throughout Lesotho by providing them with a fair wage and marketable skills in exchange for ties. Now, the company has pivoted into making face masks with a sturdy woven cotton known as the South African Shoeshoe.
Both tie-on and ear loop face masks are available at Lionheart Prints, which includes streetcar, hot sauce and floral prints.
Brocades and sequins are the way to go when purchasing a face mask from Ellen MacComber. Some even come equipped with straw holes for drinking – we’d recommend using that one at home.
For your standard face masks made with old-school fabric, check out Glitterati. Solid colors are available, plus prints like frosted animal cookies, flamingos, and mermaids.
For even more options, check out the city’s Sew Dat program here.